Mozzarella Sticks

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + freezing Bake: 10 min.


6 servings

Updated: Aug. 23, 2023
I'm particularly fond of these tasty mozzarella sticks because they're baked, not fried. Cheese is one of my family's favorite foods. Being of Italian descent, I cook often with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. —Mary Merchant, Barre, Vermont
Mozzarella Sticks Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 sticks string cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce, heated


  1. Place flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat eggs and water. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Coat cheese sticks with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with bread crumb mixture. Repeat egg and bread crumb coatings. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; spray with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until heated through. Allow to stand for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve with marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping.
Mozzarella Sticks Tips

How else can you cook mozzarella sticks?

Air-fryer appetizers are really convenient. These mozzarella sticks can be cooked, even from frozen, in an air fryer at 400° for 4-6 minutes or until crispy. Spritz the frozen sticks with cooking spray before adding to the air fryer, and turn them once halfway through cooking. Or cook them the traditional way in a deep fryer preheated to 350° for 2-3 minutes. Our guide helps you deep-fry with confidence!

What sauces can you serve with mozzarella sticks?

Serve mozzarella sticks with pizza sauce, marinara sauce, salsa or even homemade ranch dressing!

Can you freeze leftover mozzarella sticks?

Yes! Let them cool, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months, then reheat them the same way you would if they were thawed. The texture of the cheese might be softer than when they were initially cooked.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 sticks: 312 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.